Popilikia (Misfortune)
Season 3, Episode 4
Air date October 15, 2012
Written by Stephanie Sengupta
Directed by Christine Moore
Episode Guide
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Popilikia (Misfortune) is the 4th episode of Season 3 in the remake version of Hawaii Five-0.


The team investigates the murder of a polo player who was decapitated by garroting wire and discovers that the death may be connected to a kidnapping case that occurred ten years ago. Meanwhile, Doris returns to Hawaii.



The team at the crime scene.

Professional polo player Billy Keats is out riding his horse and ends up being decapitated, dying instantly, which prompts the Hawaii Five-0 team led by Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett to investigate.

At the crime scene, Medical Examiner Dr. Max Bergman shows Steve and Detective Danny Williams some garroting wire tied between two poles which means that the death is a homicide.

The team investigates and discovers that Jake Madsen, one of Keats's friends, was kidnapped ten years previously, but young Jake managed to escape before a ransom was paid.

Furthermore, the kidnappers were all convicted but one, Randy Thorpe, was released, with Thorpe stating that he was paid by an unknown party to plant a bomb in his car.

The team soon realize that Amanda Madsen, Keats's lover and also Jake's mother was the real target of the explosion. She is later brought to hospital but dies under mysterious circumstances with Steve soon discovering that Jake suffocated his mother out of revenge because Jake resented her for having an affair and also because Amanda was against paying the ransom when Jake was kidnapped ten years previously.

Meanwhile, Steve meets his mother, Doris McGarrett, who claims she shot at the floor was due to a struggle between her and Wo Fat.

Steve later reveals to Danny that he does not believe her.

Doris, meanwhile, secretly recovers a microfiche from a cavity under McGarrett's home.


Main Edit

Name Portrayed by Role
Steve McGarrett Alex O'Loughlin Former Navy SEAL and leader of the Hawaii Five-0 Task Force.
Danny Williams Scott Caan 2nd-in-command of the Hawaii Five-0 Task Force and Steve's partner.
Chin Ho Kelly Daniel Dae Kim Former Detective for HPD and member of Hawaii Five-0 Task Force.
Kono Kalakaua Grace Park Youngest member Hawaii Five-0 Task Force and Chin's cousin.
Dr. Max Bergman Masi Oka Chief Medical Examiner for the Hawaii Five-0 team.
Catherine Rollins Michelle Borth A Navy Lieutenant and Steve McGarrett's on-off girlfriend.

Recurring/Guest StarringEdit

Name Portrayed by Role
Doris McGarrett Christine Lahti Former CSI agent, and Steve McGarrett's mother
Kamekona Teila Tuli An associate of the H50 team, and owner of Wailoa Shave Ice‏
Dr. Charles Fong Brian Yang Forensic Scientist who works for the HPD and H50.


Name Portrayed by Role
Spencer Madsen Jere Burns Jake's father.
Esmerelda Bai Ling A woman who appears in the episode.
Jake Madsen Guy Wilson The killer.
Nicole Carr Arielle Kebbel The murder victim's girlfriend.
Billy Keats Robbie Amell The murder victim.
Amanda Madsen Sara Finley Jake's mother.
Al Reingold Kevin Carter A man who appears in the episode.
Randy Thorpe Jack Dimich A man who appears in the episode.
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